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John Sterman

Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management and Engineering Systems
Director, System Dynamics Group

John D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of MIT's System Dynamics Group. His research includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of corporate strategy and public policy issues, and environmental sustainability. He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles on the challenges and opportunities facing organizations today, including the book Modeling for Organizational Learning, and the award-winning textbook Business Dynamics.

Prof. Sterman's research centers on improving decision making in complex systems, including corporate strategy and operations, energy policy, public health, environmental sustainability, and climate change. He has pioneered the development of "management flight simulators" of corporate and economic systems. These flight simulators are now used by corporations, universities and governments around the world. His research ranges from the dynamics of organizational change and the implementation of sustainable improvement programs to climate change and the implementation of policies to promote a sustainable world.

Sterman has been recognized for his work with an honorary doctorate from the Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland, has twice been awarded the Jay W. Forrester Prize for the best published work in system dynamics, has won an IBM Faculty Award as well as the Accenture Award for the best paper of the year published in the California Management Review, has seven times won awards for teaching excellence, and was named one of MIT Sloan’s “Outstanding Faculty” by the BusinessWeek Guide to the Best Business Schools. He has been featured on Public Television’s News Hour, National Public Radio’s Marketplace, CBC television, Fortune, the Financial Times, BusinessWeek, and other media for his research and innovative use of interactive simulations in management education and policymaking.

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Books Published by John D. Sterman

Related News:

John Sterman is quoted in this piece about no-hands vehicles: “Will Driverless Cars Become the New Road Rage?” – Bloomberg Businessweek – December 1, 2011

John Sterman talks about the growing disconnect between the science of climate change and public perception of it: “How to get the message across on climate change” – MIT News – October 27, 2011

Paper by John Sterman cited in The New York Times’ Dot Earth blog: “A Medical Metaphor for Climate Risk, Including the Risk of Overreaction” The New York Times – Dot Earth blog – October 4, 2011

“Carbon targets pledged at Copenhagen 'fail to keep temperature rise to 2C'”
The Guardian – February 12, 2010

“Climate Solutions: Ensuring the survival of the nation” The Jakarta Post – February 16, 2010

"Tally of CO2 Pledges Misses ‘Safe’ Zone” The New York Times Dot Earth blog – December 13, 2009

"The push for 350: Contradictions and carbon levels" The Boston Globe – December 13, 2009

John Sterman, ESD PhD student Katherine Dykes, and ESD PhD alum Travis Franck mentioned in MIT News Office article about MIT delegation at U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen MIT News Office – December 10, 2009

John Sterman’s work on mental models of climate change in “Big Idea” feature of National Geographic Magazine – December issue

John Sterman discusses climate change modeling in Nature – September 29, 2009; This model is also the subject of this article in The Washington Post – September 25, 2009

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John Sterman
100 Main Street t
Building E62-436
Cambridge, MA 02142

Phone: 617.253.1951
Fax: 617.258.7579
Email to: jsterman "at"

Support Staff:

Name: Kaitlin Hallet
Phone: 617.258.5583


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